AKTU takes dig­i­tal route to make eval­u­a­tion fool­proof

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTAR PRADESH - HT Correspondent

The Dr APJ Ab­dul Kalam Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity has opted for dig­i­tal eval­u­a­tion of an­swer sheets. The process has be­gun from the an­nual ex­am­i­na­tion this year.

This year, nearly 50% of the an­swer sheets were eval­u­ated through the dig­i­tal sys­tem. Next year, all the an­swer sheets will be eval­u­ated in this man­ner.

The au­to­mated and digi­tised process will min­imise hu­man er­ror and pre­vent the eval­u­a­tor from skip­ping an an­swer sheet.

Ex­plain­ing how the sys­tem works, vice chan­cel­lor Vi­nay Pathak says: “After ex­am­i­na­tions, the an­swer scripts are scanned at the zonal cen­tres and stored in the cen­tral data­base. The eval­u­a­tors are al­lowed to cor­rect the dig­i­tally-avail­able an­swer scripts at their re­spec­tive work­place it­self or at the iden­ti­fied eval­u­a­tion cen­tres.”

Talk­ing to HT, he spells out the ben­e­fits: It has trans­formed the ar­chaic man­ual eval­u­a­tion and has made it a more trans­par­ent, struc­tured and cred­i­ble mark­ing sys­tem. It is a se­cure eval­u­a­tion process to en­sure there are no mal­prac­tices.”

The eval­u­a­tor has to go through the an­swer sheets for a min­i­mum spec­i­fied time as de­cided by the univer­sity. A dig­i­tal pen will have to be used in the process.

Each eval­u­ated an­swer script will be cross-checked. If dif­fer­ences are found in the marks awarded dur­ing the two eval­u­a­tions, the scripts would be eval­u­ated for a third time.

The marks en­tered by the eval­u­a­tors are trans­ferred to the re­sult-pro­cess­ing sys­tem im­me­di­ately on com­ple­tion of the eval­u­a­tion, thereby en­abling quick pub­li­ca­tion of re­sults. The process will also avoid any data en­try er­rors.

Pathak ex­plains that the pri­mary ob­jec­tive of this ini­tia­tive is to bring in trans­parency, ef­fi­ciency, speed up the eval­u­a­tion process and re­duce the lo­gis­tic cost.

Be­sides, the soft­ware is such that it pre­vents the eval­u­a­tor from award­ing more marks to an an­swer sheet than the max­i­mum marks. Un­der the man­ual sys­tem, there have been in­stances in the past when the eval­u­a­tor ended up award­ing more marks than the max­i­mum to a par­tic­u­lar ques­tion. But this soft­ware would pre­vent the eval­u­a­tor from do­ing so. It will not record marks be­yond max­i­mum marks.

The next page of the an­swer book will pop up on the com­puter screen only when the eval­u­a­tor has gone through the pre­vi­ous page and spent a spec­i­fied min­i­mum time in read­ing it.

The univer­sity of­fi­cial said that eval­u­a­tion of writ­ten ex­am­i­na­tions were of­ten plagued by in­con­sis­tency with de­lays in eval­u­a­tion, er­ro­neous tab­u­la­tion and miss­ing pa­pers re­sult­ing in di­luted trust in the sys­tem.

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